Declaring Dangerous Goods

Procedure for declaration of dangerous goods

1.     The Port Master hereby requires:
  1. the owner, agent or master of any vessel arriving in port and carrying dangerous cargoes to provide the following information and in accordance with the timelines stipulated below, pursuant to Regulation 40(1)(c) of the MPA (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations 2005; and
  2. the owner, agent or master of a vessel onto which dangerous goods are intended to be loaded to give notice of that intention to the Port Master in accordance with the timelines stipulated below, pursuant to Regulation 44(4) and 44(5) of the MPA (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations 2005.


For DG handled at PSA Terminals
For DG handled at Jurong Port
for DG to be handled at other locations (e.g. anchorages)
Submission method 
Online submission via PSA PORTNET
Online submission via JP-Online
Online submission via digitalPORT@SGTM
Hard copy submission: 

Completed PM4 Form declaration forms shall be transmitted to MPA’s Hazardous Cargo Section via email hazmat@mpa.gov.sg or Facsimile: +65 6325 2400.

The said declaration must be completed neatly and clearly:
  • The Technical Name, IMO Class, UN Number and flash point (if applicable) must be given. Trade names alone shall not be used; 
  • The estimated date and time of vessel’s arrival in the case of DG for discharging or in-transit must be stated;
  • For loading, the estimated date and time of loading must be given;
  • All weights and temperatures shall be given in metric units (i.e. kilograms and degrees Celsius);
  • Container numbers and stowage positions (if applicable) are to be clearly indicated;
  • At the anchorage when loading or discharging MPA First Schedule Dangerous Goods (DG), the licence number of the harbour craft must be declared in the column provided in the said declaration form.
Submission timelines 
The declaration shall be submitted not less than 12 hours:
  • Before a vessel’s arrival for discharging or in-transit DG in the port; or
  • Before the loading of DG onto a vessel.
The declaration form shall be submitted not less than 24 hours:
  • Before a vessel’s reported time of arrival in the case of dangerous goods in transit or for discharging in the port. 
  • Before loading of DG onto a vessel.
Helpdesk Number and email on DG declaration
PSA PORTNET 

+65 6321 1173 /
+65 6771 7711

JP-Online

+65 6413 9600


digitalPORT@SGTM

+65 6375 1206


Hazardous Cargo Section (DG enquires)

+65 6325 2421 


2.     Pursuant to Regulation 40(1)(c) of the MPA (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations, for each of the dangerous goods, the additional documents listed below shall be submitted with the Dangerous Goods (DG) declaration to hazmat@mpa.gov.sg.
  • Ammonium Nitrate (UN No. 1942, 2067 & 2426)
    Certificate of Analysis (COA) issued by a body deemed competent by the Authority. The percentage of total combustible matter (including organic matter calculated as carbon) must be clearly stated in the certificate.

  • Radioactive Material (IMO Class 7 cargo; exclude nuclear material* under “Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear material”)

    • A written approval from the National Environment Agency (NEA), Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Department (RPNSD) is required for transhipment and transit of radioactive material. 

    • The application form for approval of transhipment and transit can be downloaded from the NEA ePortal under eServices and Forms. The form must be submitted with the following documents to NEA_RPNSD_TradeNet@nea.gov.sg.

      • Shipping documents

      • Shipper’s declaration for dangerous goods

      • Source certificate

      • Packaging certificate

      • Overseas consignee’s licence

    • For enquires on transhipment and transit of radioactive material, please send to NEA_RPNSD_TradeNet@nea.gov.sg.
  • Nuclear Material* (IMO Class 7 cargo) under “Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear material”

    • A licence from the National Environment Agency (NEA), Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Department (RPNSD) is required for all transit of nuclear material* through Singapore. You may apply the licence for the transit  via GoBusiness, under “L8A/B Licence to import or export a consignment of radioactive materials”. 

    • For enquires on transit of nuclear material*, please send to NEA_RPNSD_TradeNet@nea.gov.sg.


Note: * Nuclear material is as defined in the Radiation Protection Act (RPA) under section 26A of the Radiation Protection Act, as stipulated via link.

3.     For storage of Dangerous Goods (DG) at terminals, port users should enquire with the relevant terminal operators and obtain their approval where necessary.

4.     Please note that some Dangerous Goods (DG) are also classified as strategic goods controlled under the Strategic Goods (Control) Act (under “Useful Links”).  A strategic goods TradeNet® permit will be required prior to the export, transhipment, or bringing in transit of goods that are controlled as strategic goods. You may refer to the Strategic Goods Control List to check if your items are strategic goods.

5.     For more information on strategic goods control, you may refer to the Strategic Goods Control website or contact the Singapore Customs Call Centre at +65 6355 2000.

6.     For enquiries regarding the procedures for Dangerous Goods (DG) declaration, please contact us at:
Hazardous Cargo Section
Marine Environment & Safety Department
Tel: +65 6325 2421
Fax: +65 6325 2400

FAQ
Q1: What is the “Grouping Classification” of a Dangerous Good (DG)?

A1: MPA adhere to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code on the transportation and storage of Dangerous Goods (DG) for sea transportation. With effect from 31 Jan 2005, enquiries regarding “Group Classification” of Dangerous Goods (DG) (i.e. PSA Group 1S, 2S, 3 etc.) for storage and handling at terminals, please direct them to the respective terminals, e.g. PSA or Jurong Port terminals.

Q2: What is the weight limitation of First Schedule Dangerous Goods (DG)?

A2: The weight limitation on First Schedule DG can be found in “Appendix 2 - Quantity of First Schedule Dangerous Goods Which May Remain on Board Any Vessel at Any Jurong Port Container Berth, PSA Container Berth, Conventional Berth, the Tuas Jetty or the Sudong Explosive Anchorage”.

Q3: I’m unsure whether my commodities are classified as Dangerous Goods (DG) or general cargo?

A3: Please seek clarification with your shipper or the manufacturer of the cargo first. 

While we endeavour to assist in DG enquires whenever possible, please note that as the shore-based personnel engaged in the transport of DG, you must be trained in the contents of the dangerous goods provisions that commensurate with your responsibilities as well. This will include going through the Safety Data Sheet and be able to differentiate whether the cargo is a DG or not, the different IMO Classes and where to find the UN No.

If the cargo’s Safety Data Sheet is unclear or may require technical interpretation, please obtain a complete Safety Data Sheet (SDS) of the commodity and email to hazmat@mpa.gov.sg for advice/verification.

See also:
Appendix 1 - Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations 2005

Appendix 2 - Quantity of First Schedule Dangerous Goods Which May Remain on Board Any Vessel at Any Jurong Port Container Berth, PSA Container Berth, Conventional Berth, the Tuas Jetty or the Sudong Explosive Anchorage

Notice on New Licensing Requirement for Transportation of Nuclear Material

Changes to Permit Exemptions under Regulations 13(2) of the Strategic Goods (Control) Regulations (MPA PMC No. 13 of 2014)

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LAST UPDATED 02 NOV 2020